Sean Gaskell presented an evening of traditional African music last Friday at the Macon County Public Library.
Gaskell, who is an Asheville-based musician, plays the West African Kora, which dates back more than 300 years and is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau.
Gaskell has studied with master Kora players in Gambia during multiple visits there, has been featured at music festivals in Gambia, Senegal, and throughout the United States, and has released an album, "Kora Music of West Africa."
The program was co-sponsored by the Macon County Public Library and The Arts Council.
Gaskell also performed in Macon County Public Schools last Thursday and Friday through The Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program.